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Swimming: Christie Halverson, Wilsonville girls extend NWOC winning streak

Star senior sweeps individual events as Wildcats handle Parkrose


by: GREG ARTMAN / FILE - Star senior Christie Halverson won both of her individual events as the Wilsonville girls swimming team cruised to a win over Parkrose in league action Jan. 23.Even though Christie Halverson had recently returned from a four-day club meet in Washington state, she was back in the pool with the Wilsonville girls swimming team for a Northwest Oregon Conference meet on the road Jan. 23.

But thanks to the performances of several talented teammates, the Wildcats hardly needed her help.

Wilsonville (3-2 in the NWOC) started its league slate with back-to-back losses, but it climbed above .500 for the first time by thumping Parkrose 104-63. It also handled Putnam and Liberty in recent competitions.

Halverson won both of her individual events, clocking in at 2 minutes 3.31 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle race and logging a 1:03.94 to place first in the 100 backstroke.

Her efforts came just days after she competed in the 38th-annual Washington Open, a major club meet held Jan. 16-19 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

In that meet, Halverson took sixth place out of more than 140 swimmers with a time of 5:01.29 in the 500 free. She also placed eighth out of more than 200 swimmers with a time of 1:55.38 in the 200 free.

In the same meet last year, Halverson took sixth place out of more than 100 swimmers with a time of 5:05.97 in the 500 free. She also placed 12th overall out of more than 200 participants with a 1:56.33 in the 200 free.

Halverson qualified for the OSAA championships in both events last season.

“Christie has swum the 200 free and 500 free, and I imagine she’ll stick with that,” coach Deb Mandeville said. “She had some really good times last weekend at the Washington Open. It’s looking pretty good.”

Halverson was also eighth out of more than 175 entrants in the 200 backstroke (2:06.37), 12th out of nearly 200 competitors in the 200 individual medley (2:08.77) and 13th in the 400 individual medley.

Halverson’s high school teammates provided additional breathing room against Parkrose.

Emma Harms took first place in the 100 butterfly with a 1:17.06, and she touched the wall in 1:27.22 to take runner-up honors in the 100 breaststroke.

Heather Leitz, meanwhile, posted the fastest time in the 500 free with a 6:37.94 and took second to Halverson in the 200 free.

Carolina Ramirez-Islas came close to a personal-best time in the 200 individual medley, overcoming flu-like symptoms to take second place with a 2:46.32.

The Wildcats captured 1-2 finishes in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay races. They also had the first- and third-place teams in the 200 free relay.

Wilsonville topped the 100-point benchmark for the third time this season.

The team will face Milwaukie on Jan. 30 before meeting rival Sherwood in its league finale Feb. 6.

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AT A GLANCE

WILSONVILLE GIRLS SWIMMING

Dec. 12: Sandy 109, Wilsonville 61

Dec. 19: St. Helens 97, Wilsonville 76

Jan. 9: Wilsonville 122, Putnam 47

Jan. 16: Wilsonville 120, Liberty 54

Jan. 23: Wilsonville 104, Parkrose 63




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